Feb 3, 2013 11:00pm PST
, and this will be a debate, the first big political debate of the year. thank you, sir. next, chuck hagel stumbles through the senate confirmation. we will ask if the nomination to be the next defense secretary is with the spark cash card from capital one, olaf gets great rewards for his small business! pizza! [ garth ] olaf's small busins earns 2% cash back on every purchase, ery day! helium delivery. put it on my spark card! [ pop! ] [ garth ] why settle for less? great businesses deserve great rewards! awesome!!! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capital one. choose unlimited rewards with 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every day! what's in your wallet? >> i just receive add note i misspoke about the president's position on containment which, obviously, we don't have a position on containment. to make sure, your correction is clear, you do have a position on containment, and that is that we do not favor containment. >>chris: defense secretary nominee chuck hagel struggling in the senate confirmation hearing, when asked of the united states policy on iran's nuclear program.
Feb 4, 2013 7:00am PST
for you, alex, as well as ruth. talk about chuck hagel. he gave a really poor performance at his confirmation hearing last week. both sides can pretty much agree with that. that's coming from folks like leon panetta. leon panetta actually defending him yesterday. let's take a listen to him. >> it's pretty obvious that the political knives were out for chuck hagel. what disappointed me is that they talked a lot about past quotes but what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today? what about the war in afghanistan? what about the war on terrorism? what about the budget sequester? >> ruth, what do you think, does panetta have a point there? >> i think he totally has a point. i think that the thing that was striking about the hague will confirmation hearing was the really poor performance on both sides. yes, the nominee did a terrible job answering entirely predictable questions and handling those, but also, the senators did a predictable but also very poor job of probing seriously his views, not just what he said in the past, but his views on the various things that wil
Feb 4, 2013 6:00am PST
to the point. we'll see. let's talk about chuck hagel. bill kristol wrote an interesting piece on the importance of reconsidering these nominations. he used harriet miers as an example. any chance of that. >> with respect to harriet miers, the conservative opposition to her nomination to the supreme court came out pretty early and they made a strong case that she was less qualified and others and we got samuel alito who has served with distinction since he was placed on the high court. with respect to chuck hagel what is interesting to me is to see what democrats come out and oppose his nomination. he had a miserable appearance. it was a disaster when he testified last week. you heard that from people who were paid to defend the administration like robert gibbs said he was unprepared and unimpressive. martha: where does it go from here? do it look like lit pass to you or is there any sort of -- you mention robert gibbs groundswell for reconsideration. >> we have a senator from nebraska say he intends to support the nomination. and of course hagel served from nebraska. what will